DHL Global Forwarding named Africa’s leading freight forwarder for the third time

DHL-containerDespite low economic performance from Nigeria and South Africa, trade activity has been on the rise in Africa. (Image source: DHL) Air and ocean freight company DHL Global Forwarding has been named Africa’s International Freight Forwarder of the Year for the third time at the STAT Times Awards held in Johannesburg, South Africa

The International Award for Excellence in Air Cargo was voted by readers of STAT Times worldwide.

Roger Olsson, CEO of DHL Global Forwarding Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “DHL offers tailor-made solutions to businesses in Africa. It is a tribute to DHL’s strong African team that their dedication to excellence in international freight forwarding has been recognised yet again. DHL has been supporting the business in Africa for more than 35 years now but what’s most important is that we have continued to anticipate, adapt and create services that clearly meet Africa’s fast evolving business needs and help fulfill its vast potential.”

Despite underperformance by major economies such as Nigeria and South Africa, trade activity across sub-Saharan Africa remained positive, according to data compiled by the International Air Transport Associateion (IATA).

African carriers’ freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) grew by 12.2 per cent in December and 6.7 per cent for the year as a whole. Regional growth supported demand for air freight, and capacity rose just 0.9 per cent for the year as a whole, helping strengthen load factors. Globally, air cargo business is growing again after several years of stagnation with demand growth up 4.5 per cent compared to 2013 measured by freight FTKs.

Freight management in Africa is mainly concentrated over leading sectors such as oil and gas, and mining. DHL Global Forwarding has witnessed growth in the sectors, and increased activity in the India-China, and China-Africa trade routes.

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